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Open Borders: Left of Center View

The open borders debate has been ongoing at the fringes of the immigration debate since 2000 when then president of Mexico Vicente Fox suggested that the time may have come to open the borders between Mexico, U.S.A. and Canada in order to promote better trade between our countries. At the time then candidate George W. Bush and his counterpart on the Democratic side Al Gore were somewhat skeptical of the idea and the matter was not given much time in the race for the White House.

Now that we are once again looking at the immigration issues facing our nation, it may be time to give the issue more time and consideration than it has been previously given. While some isolationists would have you believe that there are no upsides to the opening of our borders they do not explain that opening our borders could actually improve the security of our nation by having vested partners in a regional economy in Canada and Mexico. When the economic interests of our nations are all dependent on one another, it becomes in the best interests of both Canada and Mexico to keep America as stable as possible. Likewise it becomes in the best interests of America that we lend assistance to Mexico in identifying and eliminating the criminal elements that have undue influence in the local governments in Mexico. As those elements undermine the authority of their federal government, the presence of a strong partner such as the United States would likely be welcomed in a directed effort to eliminate the unwanted criminals from their country. Also, by working with the Mexican and Canadian governments to improve the security of all three nations, we make it more difficult for terrorists to penetrate our borders. The net result is the equivalent of extending the US border by thousands of miles making it that much harder for terrorists to threaten our cities.

The argument that these countries would weaken our economy does not stand up to closer scrutiny when you consider the equilibrium effect that typically occurs over time when economies converge. While there would likely be some wage drops in some industries in the U.S. there would also be increases in other areas in Mexico and Canada until wages stabilized overall. With the free flow of labor across borders, we would have all the benefits of skilled labor from all countries being available to our companies. By eliminating the need for illegal immigration, the number of undocumented people in the US would drop and our tax base would increase as a result. At the same time, the companies across the borders would have to compete for skilled labor so job opportunities across the border would be present for American workers with wages driven up by competition for the labor between the companies on both sides of the border. The flow of less expensive consumer items from our neighbors would also lessen the cost of some items we use every day making our dollars go further. Things such as less expensive Canadian drugs and Mexican textiles would filter into our stores at the same time our bigger ticket items were filtering into the other countries' markets stimulating our manufacturing and lowering our cost of living. Eventually, the region would have an overall stable economy with opportunities for people across the board.

Perhaps the time is right for America to put aside the ideas of fear and hate and look at how we can work with our neighbors to make the region work better for everyone.

L.J. Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Open Borders: Right of Center View

Once again the immigration debate has brought open borders up as an option for America to solve its immigration problems. Ever since 2000 when El Presidente Fox decided to try to convince us that opening our markets to Mexican labor would be a mutually beneficial relationship, the liberals have been trying to convince us that he was right. They offer pie in the sky scenarios that talk about mutual benfits and balanced economies that rarely come to fruition in the real world.

The reality of the situation is that it could take decades for America to ever see any real benefit in an open border situation. While it could reduce our immigration enforcement costs by reducing illegal immigration, it would also open our nation up to a virtual invasion by the Columbian drug cartels that control a good number of local governments in Mexico. Even if the Mexican government opened up their nation to our law enforcement and military personnel to crack down on the drug traffickers, it would take years to put a dent in the organizations. In the meantime, the organizations would be fortifying their foothold in America and increasing their customer base in our cities.

As to the economic benefits of bringing goods and services in from our neighbors to lower the cost of living for Americans, we can do that by simply changing the trade tariffs to make trade more fair between the nations so that American workers don't get screwed by our politicians giving away the farm in trade agreements that have increased our trade deficits every year for decades and sent our jobs to the four corners of the Earth. If our politicians would stop letting nations like China undercut every American manufacturer in our market, we might not have factories closing all the time. If they actually enforced the immigration laws on the books we would not need to worry about illegal aliens taking jobs from Americans.

I understand that we need to trade with other nations and that there are differences in economies that drive the trade deficits at some level but the global market alone is not responsible for our current situation. Our politicians have sold out the American worker to appease their special interest donors. By continuing to allow American companies to break the laws protecting American jobs and making it easier for companies to send our jobs overseas, they have backed the American worker into a corner and we now have to fight for our very survival. There may have been a time when opening our borders to the North and South could have been a viable long term solution to improving the economy of the Western hemisphere overall. That time has long since passed. Our interests have become too weakened by years of being sold out by the special interests to be able to withstand the years long process of economic adjustment that open borders would require to have any chance of yielding any benefit to America.

Perhaps one day when Mexico has gotten control of the rampant drug trafficking inside their borders and we have reduced our international trade deficits to the point where American workers can stop worrying about their jobs going to Asia and South America we can think about letting down our guard a little but for now the risk is too great and the benefit too small to even consider open borders.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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A Plan

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So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

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